McDonald's is the world's largest fast-food restaurant chain. It has more than 30,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. Over one billion more customers were served in 2007 than in 2006. Although net income was down by $1.1 billion in 2007, McDonald's sales were up 6.8%, and revenue was a record high of $23 billion. "The unique business relationship among the company, its franchisees and suppliers (collectively referred to as the System) has been key to McDonald's success over the years. The business model enables McDonald's to play an integral role in the communities we serve and consistently deliver relevant restaurant experiences to customers." (McDonald's, 2008, 25).
McDonald's overall strategic plan is called Plan to Win. Their focus is not so much on being the biggest fast-food restaurant chain, rather it is more focused on being the best fast-food restaurant chain. McDonald's "strategic alignment behind this plan has created better McDonald's experiences through the execution of multiple initiatives surrounding the five factors of exceptional customer experiences - people, products, place, price and promotion" (McDonald's, 2008, 25). McDonald's also incorporates geographical strategic plans. In the U.S., McDonald's strategic plan continues to focus on breakfast, chicken, beverages and convenience. These are the core areas in the United States. McDonald's has launched the Southern Style Chicken Biscuit for breakfast and the Southern Style Chicken Sandwich for lunch and dinner. In the beverage business, McDonald's starting introducing new hot specialty coffee offerings on a market-by-market basis. In Europe, McDonald's uses a tiered menu approach. This menu features premium selections, classic menu, and everyday affordable offerings. They also "complement these with new products and limited-time food promotions" (McDonald's, 26). In the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa markets, McDonald's strategic plan is focused around convenience, breakfast, core menu extensions and value. With McDonald's overall strategic plan and its geographical strategic plan, the company should start to see more positive financial results.